Monthly Archives: February 2016

Preventing protein unfolding

A computational model shows that polymers can reinforce proteins to prevent them from unfolding under mechanical forces.

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Zika virus: Approaching the unknown

Understanding the scale and range of neurological disease associated with Zika virus infection is an urgent priority, warn researchers.

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HIV in Rhode Island: Newly diagnosed men often ‘hooked up’ online

A strong correlation has been found between new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men in Rhode Island and their use of online hookup sites. Study authors have called for operators of hookup websites and apps to work with public health officials...

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Why people oppose same-sex marriage

Why do opponents of same-sex marriage really oppose it? A new psychology study concludes that many people believe gays are more sexually promiscuous than heterosexuals and may fear that sexual promiscuity threatens their own marriages and their way of ...

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Palliative care important for prison population, too

With an increasingly aging prison population, end-of-life care for inmates is becoming a more prominent issue, according to researchers. End-of-life care can be complicated, no matter who the patient is, but can be especially challenging for those behi...

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108 million people have correctable vision impairment, global study estimates

Uncorrected refractive error -- nearsightedness, farsightedness, and other focusing problems correctable by prescription lenses -- is responsible for moderate to severe vision impairment in 101 million people and blindness in seven million people world...

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The couple that sings together stays together, at least with birds

The courtship and mating behaviors of the perky Australian red-backed fairy-wren have evolved into nothing short of a free-for-all. The rampant promiscuity of both sexes is legendary.What's a fairy-wren to do to keep from wasting energy raising another...

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How plants protect photosynthesis from oxygen

During the daytime, plants convert the Sun's energy into sugars using photosynthesis, a complex, multi-stage biochemical process. New work identifies a protein needed for assembling the photosynthetic apparatus that may help us understand the history o...

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Insecticide-treated nets may still prevent malaria despite mosquito resistance

Insecticide-treated nets may still help prevent malaria despite mosquitoes developing resistance, which may provide a clue to why it has been hard to demonstrate the impact of this resistance on malaria as a public health problem, according to new rese...

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